Taj Macoop

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Project by woodrookieII posted 01-19-2012 06:50 PM 2408 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, we (Mrs. WoodrookieII) decided we needed to have chickens for free range eggs. My contribution would be the chicken coop. It had to be esthetically pleasing. The foot print is 4×8, standard stick and frame with T111 sheeting. The outside boxes are the nests, 2 per side, with 2 nests per box. Each box has a hinged lid so as to retrieve eggs without the need to enter the coop. 2 roosts are inside the coop. Chicken entry doors on each end with 1 people door. Wheels make for moving it quite easy. Has electricity for lights and heat lamp and for the heated water bucket. (No running water.) Currently houses 12 layers (no rooster!!), and we get 12 eggs a day.

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 06:54 PM

Do you have any more pics? Of the inside? Looks good!

-- Brian

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 07:09 PM

Very nice, my birds are living in the “projects” compared to this….but they’re still wonderful to have!! What size tires do yo have on it? Do you have any issues with the weight on those tires? Do you have issues turning it? I live in BC near Vancouver and I find mine cumbersome to move on my wet lawn during the rainy season (anytime that’s not July or August:) ) But then I only have two tires on mine and I pick up the other end.

-- Cheers, Joel Elder

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 07:50 PM


Not of the finished project. Only during construction. But it’s completely open inside apart from the 2 roosts that run the length of the coop. Chickens like to “roost”, particularly when sleeping.


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#4 posted 01-19-2012 07:55 PM


LOL…that’s why it’s the Taj Macoop!!

The tires are either 6 or 8 inches. Got them at TSC. It moves pretty easy with 2 of us. And they settle into ground nicely sealing the bottom from drafts (and critters!).


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#5 posted 01-19-2012 10:53 PM

Here is aTIP from “Uncle Canadianchips”
DO NOT LET your kids fry eggs in the coop. When my cousin from city visited us (we were 9 & 11) he decided that WE should fry some eggs. Lid from tobbacco tin, straw on floor, eggs right there, seemed like an easy thing to do. I ran for matches !
1/2 hour later his older brother comes in, see’s the flames, and tries to STOMP them out with his size 12 shoes. Flames got bigger.
Needless to say, eggs never did get eaten, we got our backsides warmed UP. We did save the chickens and the coop. Yes this really did happen !
By the way….Nice special chicken coop you made.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 01-20-2012 12:40 AM

That is really far out

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 01-20-2012 03:06 AM

Looks like this belongs in the high rent chicken district. Looks like a fun project. A coworker and her husband recently built a chicken tractor for their new chicks. I think they are up to about a half dozen eggs per day now.

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#8 posted 01-20-2012 04:22 AM

Happy hens = lots of eggs. Nice job, thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#9 posted 01-20-2012 05:40 AM

If my chickens saw this they would protest and quit laying eggs. My wife has been after me to build a better hen house. Thanks for posting your take on this.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 01-20-2012 08:25 AM

super coop well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 01-20-2012 04:16 PM

Don’t know what I like more, the great project, or the great title!

Thanks for posting!
-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#12 posted 02-26-2012 02:19 PM

wow i like this coop been putting it off for 2 years may get it done this

-- RWoods

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#13 posted 03-10-2012 06:38 PM

That is a great looking coop! I like the idea of the outside access to the nesting boxes, and the mobility. Great Job! (Are you sick of eggs yet?!?)

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#14 posted 03-10-2012 09:49 PM

Thanks Gabe. The enclosed run is about 8 times as big as the coop itsself. During summer they would rather sleep on the outside roosts. Funny seeing them all lined up sleeping.

We’ve got folks wanting to buy our eggs, and anyways I really like eggs.


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